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Behind the mask. Journey through an epidemic: some observations of contrasting public health responses to SARS
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    Unmasking the social amplification of SARS panic

    Dear Editor

    After a journey to Asia during the SARS outbreak, Syed et al suggested that "the public health significance of such potent symbols as the face mask may be considered in strategies to tackle other emerging infections" [1]. Nevertheless, like other unsolved puzzles of the SARS emergence, the exact impact and lesson learned from this collective and profound symbol of masks wearing is still controversia...

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    Use of disposable face masks for public health protection against SARS

    Dear Editor

    The paper by Syed et al,[1] provides observations on the use of face masks by members of the public for protection against the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus (CoV).

    The authors’ raise an important question as to whether masks are effective in preventing disease. The type of masks used can generally be categorized as either surgical or paper and are suggested to off...

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